Caramelized Pears

Recipe courtesy Chuck Hughes
Show: Chuck's Day Off Episode: The Green Show
TOTAL TIME: 25 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 15 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 medium red and yellow Bartlett pears, pitted and quartered
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon, optional
  • Good-quality ice cream
  • 4 graham crackers, crumbled
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Directions

A simple and elegant dessert, Chuck Hughes' caramelized pears are sure to please any crowd.
Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Melt the butter, and then add the pears, cut-side down, cooking until they are slightly golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the brown sugar and continue cooking until caramelized, another 5 minutes. Add the bourbon, if using, and continue cooking for 5 more minutes.

Divide the pears among 4 plates, garnish with a scoop of ice cream, a drizzle of the caramel sauce and crumbled graham crackers.

Cook's Note: Depending on the season, pears can be replaced by peaches, nectarines, apricots or plums.

Serves: 4 (does not include ice cream or graham crackers); Calories: 282; Total Fat: 12 grams; Saturated Fat: 7 grams; Protein: 1 gram; Total carbohydrates: 45 grams; Sugar: 35 grams; Fiber: 5.5 grams; Cholesterol: 30 milligrams; Sodium: 8 milligrams

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  • on November 25, 2012

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    I made a bourbon caramel sauce...from scratch! This recipe made me realize I can make a pretty serious dessert in very little time with no real work. Loved how the caramel turned into a shell on the vanilla ice cream and the crunchiness of the graham cracker crumbs against the softness of the pears.

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  • on July 30, 2012

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    I made this minus the crumbs to use a a filling for dessert crepes.The only thing I changed to make it perfect was to add a pinch of cinnamon

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  • on February 07, 2012

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    i love caramelized pears. i saw some pears in the kitchen, and wanted to caramelize them and put them on a salad, so i googled how o make them and this recipe came up. I made them the same night. OMG it was so good and easy. and i had them under butter pecan ice cream. so, so, so good. i cant wait to make this for my Boo.

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